Chow Lab @ Penn Bioengineering


Principal Investigator

Brian Y. Chow, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where his laboratory invents new technologies to manipulate and monitor cellular physiology in intact biological circuits. Prior to Penn, he was at Third Rock Ventures, a life sciences venture capital firm, and served on the founding management team of SAGE Therapeutics, a company developing medicines for rare nervous system disorders. He has also held engineering roles at IBM. Brian received his B.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory, where he also conducted his postdoctoral training, jointly with the Department of Biological Engineering and McGovern Institute for Brain Sciences.

Research Scientists and Post-doctoral Fellows

Amy Chuong, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
Ph.D. The Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Spencer Glantz, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
B.S.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Molly Sheehan, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania
B.S. Biology, Haverford College

Post-graduates (Graduate Students and Technicians)

Erin Berlew
Ph.D. Candidate, Bioengineering
B.S. Chemistry, Haverford College
Christian Fagre
M.S. Candidate, Bioengineering
B.S. Biology, Haverford College
Pimkhuan Hannanta-anan
Ph.D. Candidate, Bioengineering
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
Ivan Kuznetsov
M.D./Ph.D. Candidate
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, and Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Johns Hopkins University
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow
Michael Magaraci
Ph.D. Candidate, Bioengineering
B.S.E. Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduates and iGEM

  • Andrew Clark (B.S.E. Candidate, Bioengieering)
  • Michael Patterson (B.S.E. Candidate, Bioengieering)
  • Jane Shmushkis (B.S.E. Candidate, Bioengieering)
  • Karol Syzmula (B.S.E. Candidate, Bioengieering)


(Post-lab position; Current position if known)
  • Bohdana Discher, Visiting Faculty 2015 ( )
  • Elizabeth Hunter, Graduate 2016-17 ( )
  • Ranganath Parthsarathy, Research Scientist 2013-15 ( )
  • Rajiv Patel O’Connor, Undergraduate 2016 ( )
  • Nikita Rao, Undergraduate 2014-16 ( )
  • Anup Singh (Vagelos Scholar), Undergraduate 2013 ( )
  • Shriram Sundararaman (Rachleff Scholar), Undergraduate 2013-15 (M.D. Candidate, UVA)
  • iGEM 2013 (Daniel Cabrera, Mahammad Charawi, Danielle Fields, Bradley Kaptur, Joshua Tycko)
  • iGEM 2014 (Nikita Rao, Jane Shmushkis, Amey Vrudhula, Renyao Wei)
  • iGEM 2015 (Nikita Rao, Hannah Rears, Jane Shmushkis, Shriram Sundararaman, Karol Szymula)